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Denby Runfest As Birkby Make Hash of Bowling  - Championship Matchday #2 Report

Denby Runfest As Birkby Make Hash of Bowling  - Championship Matchday #2 Report

14 May 2024

Denby chased down a mammoth at home to Birkby Rose Hill total with ease, while Shelley edged out Linthwaite to collect first win. Jordan Ghani and Nadim Hussain destroyed Lascelles Hall to check in for Rastrick and Armitage Bridge overwhelmed Meltham to make it two wins from two. The same can be said for Thongsbridge who’s new man Vikas Dixit starred with both bat and ball at home to Marsden

Denby secured a dominant 8-wicket victory over Birkby Rose Hill at home, despite valiant efforts from Kasir Maroof (56) and Khalil Ullah Khan (80) who powered Birkby to a commendable 251, Denby's upper order batters proved unstoppable in reply. Hashir Khan's unbeaten 121 (110 balls) formed the cornerstone of their chase, ably supported by opener Tom Barrow's steady 69 runs. Surender Singh and Poorna Prangige earlier picked up three wickets each for Denby, restricting Birkby's challenge.

Shelley emerged victorious by 30 runs at home to the division’s new boys Linthwaite in a close encounter. Chasing a target of 149, Shelley's batting displayed resilience, with Kiran Green leading the way with a well-made 48. Bilal Ounes and Ali Rafiq kept things tight for Linthwaite with 3 wickets each. Despite a valiant effort from evergreen batsman Qasier Rashid (44) and under the spell of a superb five-wicket haul by Maaiz Khan, Linthwaite fell short, eventually dismissed for 148 runs.

Thongsbridge dominated their encounter against Marsden, winning by a comfortable margin. Despite the two teams being separated by two divisions last season, Thongsbridge flexed their strength. New arrival Vikas Dixit starred for the home team, claiming a five-wicket haul for 53 runs and following it up with a well-compiled 56 not out with the bat. New signing Islam Hayyat earlier impressed for Marsden with a half-century (50 runs).

Armitage Bridge secured a convincing 89-run victory at Meltham to make it two wins from two. Connor Parr's outstanding performance with both bat (21 runs) and ball (5 wickets) played a pivotal role in their win. Will Martin provided excellent support with 3 wickets for 23 runs, dismantling Meltham's batting order for a meagre 93 runs. Contributions from Chris Dennison (31), Omar Shaffique (32), and Jack Hinchliffe (31) bolstered Armitage Bridge's total of 182.

Rastrick cruised to a comfortable 10-wicket win against Lascelles Hall. Lascelles Hall continued their struggle, succumbing to a paltry 61 runs. Jordan Ghani (3-14) and Nadim Hussain (3-5) spearheaded the bowling attack for Rastrick, dismantling Lascelles Hall's batting lineup. Openers Christopher Laas (26*) and Fahid Rehman (36*) ensured a swift and straightforward chase for Rastrick.

Slaithwaite secured a resounding 77-run victory over Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, to compound their recent relegation from the Premiership. Opener Ben Dale's magnificent century (102 off 108 balls) set the tone for Slaithwaite, while Nick Sharp's all-round performance (56 runs and 4 wickets) couldn't prevent Mirfield from collapsing to 146 runs as they chased Slaithwaite’s hefty 223-7. The experienced Dave Berry proved his worth with a crucial spell of 3-17, including the vital wicket of Sharp, ensuring Slaithwaite secured a comfortable home win.

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